Is Lent over yet? The last few days have just been so spiritually fulfilling, and I’ve already sacrificed oh so much, I can’t fathom how adding another 37 days could possibly do me much more good. In fact, it might be unhealthy.
Do you think my confessor will buy it? Yeah, I don’t think so either. I’ve probably negated any graces by just writing the above sentences. It’ll be 12 years this Easter since I joined the church and I still don’t have this Catholic thing down pat. Besides blasphemy, other highlights of the week have included:
1. I’m planning our Outer Banks trip. It will coincide with a trip to visit our nephew for his First Holy Communion. Despite it being a “family vacation” and all the work that entails, I’m looking forward to it. The downside is, this is the first non-Ocean City vacation we’ve taken since Teddy’s arrival and it means we’ve maxed out on most normal sized vacation accommodations. And Fulton’s medical needs mean camping under a circus tent is out of the question. Currently, I’m exploring fishing shacks with lots of steps. If anyone can hook a gal and her very clean, non-smoking, non-pet family up with some sweet, discounted accommodations I’ll give you a favorable write-up, free ad, fill in for you at your child’s spring music concert – whatever! Let me know future bestie!
2.And FYI, we did have a brief experience as travel trailer owners that failed miserably. I’ll have to detail it in a future post when I can stomach typing out our horrible decision-making process.
3. I finally caved and downloaded the Angry Birds Rio ap onto Fulton’s iPad. I really felt like having twoAB versions was already more than enough. (I swear, everything else is educational.) It reminded me of the song ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran. I vaguely remember scantily clad women in the music video so I’d always thought the song was about Rio De Janeiro. Imagine my surprise when I played the song for the kids today and discovered it mentioned the Rio Grande river! This whole episode spurred a great geography lesson which was ruined by my spastic dancing and poor singing. I believe Byron’s exact words were “I’m going to throw up. Stop.”
4. Speaking of Byron’s great ideas, tonight at dinner he suggested, “Why don’t we break a comedy and a horror DVD in half, and then put a half from each in the DVD player and watch it?! It’d be like, jokers juggling dead bodies or something!”
5. I’m eating raisins like they’re candy and they are SO not even close to being candy. Without sweets, all my comfort food is gone. It’s now officially a year since I gave up gluten and while my health is better (yay to no more “intestinal distress”!) I would still gnaw my left leg off for some consequence free Pizza Hut pizza (boo to voluntary amputation!). My feelings towards gluten-free pizza can best be summarized by this video.
5. Colleen is featuring embarrassing mom stories over at her blog on Mondays. Read her first post here and you’ll understand how impossible it was for me to write something that came even remotely close to being that mortifying, yet side splittingly hilarious. Didn’t stop me from trying though. My embarrassing mom story will run by the end of the month. Check back so you don’t miss it.
6. If you’re in the PA, DE, NJ area and are homeschooling or remotely thinking about it, why not swing by the CHAPLET Catholic Homeschool Conference in Berlin, NJ on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.? I’ll be there and if you don’t find me too annoying in person we can eat lunch together, share stories and hug awkwardly when it’s time for me to go and hook up the AV equipment. But we can still sit together during the speaker’s presentations if you want. Or not, that’s cool too.
7. And because we didn’t have quite enough religious art to freak out our secular/ Protestant friends and family, we purchased this neat antique stations of the cross display piece.